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Subject: Rediscovering: Last Battalion (Mission Override)
When I lived in Japan I had a habit of buying big lots of games and selling off the individual pieces on ebay.  One day a title arrived that I thought looked a little bit familiar:  Last Battalion.

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It turns out that it's a port of one of my favoured PC Engine games: Override.  It's basically the same game: same ship, same weapons, same enemies, same controls... 

But it's a whole lot different.  For one thing, the game almost ten times larger, requiring two 1.2MB floppies compared to the PCEngine's 2Mbit HuCard.  It now has a lengthy introduction sequence, new levels, new enemy and player sprites, new player animations, new powerup sprites, etc etc etc.  It's a complete overhaul, and even the game has received some changes: the purple weapon's completely gone, and there's a new back-fire charge attack.

I'm not convinced it's as good as the PC Engine version.  There's something lacking that I have never been able to put my finger on, and so this rediscovery has a goal: figure out whether it's as good, and find out why.

This article is part of a series of retro gaming rediscoveries.  You can view the rest of them right here.
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